Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17
By Anakhanum Idayatova - Trend:
The meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Vienna and the resumption of negotiation process over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is surely a positive factor, says Yaakov Kedmi, a diplomat and former head of the Israeli liaison organization Nativ.
The meeting in Vienna is a natural course of events, because the main geopolitical actors - the US and Russia - are interested in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's speedy settlement, he told Trend May 17.
The expert went on to add that the conflict's sides don't want to resort to military settlement of the conflict.
A meeting was held in Vienna on May 16 with participation of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, French Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, OSCE Minsk group co-chairs, and special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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